Grape Hyacinth
Muscari latifolium

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Muscari (mus-KAR-ee) (Info)
Species: latifolium (lat-ee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)

Category:

Bulbs

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska

Capistrano Beach, California

Fair Oaks, California

Garberville, California

Clifton, Colorado

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Park Ridge, Illinois

Ewing, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Owosso, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Isle, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Sparks, Nevada

Englishtown, New Jersey

Greenville, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Brinnon, Washington

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On May 10, 2009, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

From the Random House Book of Bulbs by Rix and Phillips: Muscari latifolium is "(v)ery distinct with its single broad leaf which encircles the stem at the base" (pg. 81).

Positive

On Apr 11, 2008, RuffLuv3 from Brinnon, WA wrote:

These little beauties have "popped" up all over my yard (Brinnon, WA). I assume they were planted by a previous owner. They seem to do very well in full-sun, partial-shade, shade, good soil, poor soil. I am currently moving them all to one designated area for better "effect" and also because it breaks my heart to mow over them (and there are far too many to mow around). The ones I've moved so far seem to be doing well. Mine average about 6" tall. The blooms are beautiful and the foliage is unique. A lovely addition to any landscape.

Positive

On Apr 8, 2007, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This has self sown in my yard, which is a very welcome treat.

Positive

On Nov 1, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

It takes so little room (two leaves) and lasts well; and is therefore a perfect contrast plant for warm colored bulbs. I truly enjoy the near-black florets. A nicer alternative to M. armeniacum.

Neutral

On Jan 30, 2005, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a small grape hyancith that produces fertile violet flowers on the flower stalk below the infertile pale/light blue flowers at the very tip of the flower stalk. A very unusual plant. pokerboy.

Positive

On Apr 15, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This bulb is fairly new to me, but came up with the deepest shades of blue and purple. Lovely. Easy to plant and requires no maintenance. Stunning colors.